Ippudo is a chain of ramen restaurants that originated in Japan and has two locations in New York City. They serve a few different types of ramen and several appetizers. The restaurant is modern and somewhat upscale in comparison to the typical casual ramen shop.

Ramen is my all time favourite meal, so when I was in New York I had to make a stop at Ippudo to try their famous ramen. I arrived right when it opened, but shortly after opening there was already a wait, so make sure you arrive early if you want to get seated right away.

Pork Belly Buns

The pork belly buns ($9) are one of Ippudo’s most popular appetizers. They are filled with a piece of lettuce, two slabs of pork belly, spicy sauce, and mayo.

You can’t really go wrong with pork belly, so needless to say these were pretty darn good. The pieces of pork were on the small side, but they were fatty and buttery smooth and had a hint of spicy flavour from the sauce. As if pork belly wasn’t enough, the big dollop of mayo made the bun extra rich and delicious.

Akamaru Modern

I had the akamaru modern ($15), which is made with their pork broth, garlic oil, and Ippudo’s “secret umami dama” miso paste.

The broth was pure perfection. It was slightly salty and had a hint of earthy flavour from the miso paste, but it was more mild than your typical miso ramen. I also loved the addition of the garlic oil and the bold taste it added. I could drink this broth forever.

The ramen was topped with pork chashu, cabbage, sesame kikurage mushrooms, scallions, and I added a soft boiled egg for an extra $2. Paying extra to add the egg is totally worth it. The runny delicious yolk just makes the soup that much better. The slices of pork were tender, but once again the portion was a bit skimpy.

The food at Ippudo isn’t cheap, but everything is well prepared and tastes amazing. If you find yourself in Manhattan looking for a special ramen experience, you should definitely try Ippudo.


Yes, for excellent ramen in New York City.

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